Jesse Currier has filled many roles within the Jackrabbit football program, and will continue to work with the team’s defensive tackles during the 2014 season. He also is in his second season as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Currier has worked on both sides of the ball as a member of the SDSU coaching staff. As a graduate assistant, he helped mentor the Jackrabbit running backs and tight ends in 2008, working with 1,000-yard rusher and second-team all-Missouri Valley Conference selection Kyle Minett and honorable mention all-MVFC tight end Colin Cochart.
In 2009, Currier moved to a graduate assistant role on defense, where he worked with co-defensive coordinator Clint Brown with the defensive line. As a unit, SDSU defensive linemen combined to record 42 tackles for loss and 24 sacks in 12 games to spearhead a run to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time in program history.
Currier had the opportunity to help mentor All-America defensive end Danny Batten, who was honored as Co-Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Batten finished third in the voting for the 2009 Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the top defensive player in the FCS ranks.
In 2010, Currier continued his work with the Jackrabbit defensive line. As a unit, the SDSU front four accounted for 23 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Defensive end Zacharia Bowers was honored as a member of the MVFC All-Newcomer Team.
During the 2011 season, Currier aided in the development of interior lineman Andy Mink, who led the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, while ranking second on the squad in total tackles with 75. Mink again ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss in 2012, earning honorable mention all-MVFC honors.
The interior of the Jackrabbit defensive line played a key role in SDSU returning to the FCS playoffs in 2013. Defensive tackle Chase Douglas led the squad with nine sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in earning second-team all-MVFC honors, while true freshman nose tackle Cole Langer earned a spot on the MVFC All-Newcomer Team.
A native of Iroquois, S.D., Currier served as an assistant coach at the high school level for five seasons before joining the Jackrabbit coaching staff. His squad at Iroquois High School won the state Class 9B championship in 2006.
Currier graduated from SDSU in the spring of 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history education. He continued his education by pursuing a master’s degree in education administration.